Arsene Wenger says that Jack Wilshere is very close to training with the Arsenal first team, although suggestions that he could re-join his teammates as soon as next week are wide of the mark.
The 20-year-old has now been out for over a year with an ankle problem and subsequent knee surgery, but after a summer of rehabilitation appears to finally be closing in on a much-anticipated Premier League return.
Giving an update on the midfielder’s progress ahead of Saturday’s match with Southampton, the boss spoke optimistically about his young charge’s immediate future:
“Wilshere is good news for us because he is making quick progress now. Next week? No. But he will join full training soon.”
Having revealed that Wojciech Szczesny would return this weekend and that Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott still have a chance to feature, Wenger also divulged good news about long-term absentee Bacary Sagna.
According to the Mirror’s John Cross, the boss stated that the French right-back would be back (presumably to training) in two to three weeks.
Having watched his injured defender give a somewhat inflammatory interview to L’Equipe last week, Wenger was also quizzed on whether or not he expected Sagna to stay at the club in the long-term.
Bacary loves the Club and I think he will stay here,” he made clear. “Bacary’s interview doesn’t reflect the love he has for this Club. He has always given full commitment.”
Given that the club themselves confirmed that Sagna was happy with the way his words were portrayed and that Wenger admitted a couple of weeks back that measuring the intensity of a player’s love for a club was impossible, Arseblog News can’t help but interpret this is a classic ‘nip it in the bud before dealing with it privately’ statement.